Meet the seven new members of Members' Council11 December 2020
The Members' Council is going to have seven new members. Each year Royal FloraHolland members have a chance to vote for new Members' Council members.
The successful candidates were announced at the Members' Meeting on Cooperative Day. The seven new Members' Council members are: Matthijs Barendse, Uri Bruck, Rotem Dvir, Martien Kroon, Arno van der Maarel, Mirjam van der Meer and Karolien Tesselaar. They take up their duties as of 1 January 2021.
Marcel van Tol, chair of the Members' Council "Members' Council offers a forum for direct involvement in our cooperative's planning and projects. We are very happy to again welcome new members who look at things afresh. Those joining our Members' Council are a nice mix of smaller and bigger growers, both national and international. We are looking forward to working with you!"
Members also voted to re-appoint Leon Ammerlaan, Niels de Groot, Herman de Jong, Martien Middelburg and Ed Strofbergen for four more years. In addition, nine members of Members' Council stepped down this year. Six members are stepping down from the Members' Council in line with the Retirement Schedule: Frans van den Bos, Fred Bunnik, Jaap Evers, Paul Koenraadt, Avner Sheer and Martien van der Weijden. Three Members' Council members are resigning voluntarily as from 31 January 2020. They are: Wim Koolhaas, Zelalem Messele and Walter Straathof.
Demographic of new Members' Council members
The seven new candidates for Members' Council were nominated by the Nomination Committee. Interviews were conducted with all candidates who had put themselves forward as possible members of the Members' Council. In addition to a candidate's own qualifications, the committee paid particular attention to other characteristics, such as a distribution between growing, clock or direct, geographic area, age and sex, in order to ensure good representation of membership.